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Grails in Action

Glen Smith and Peter Ledbrook
Foreword by Dierk König
  • April 2009
  • ISBN 9781933988931
  • 520 pages
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Grails in Action is a comprehensive guide to the Grails framework. First, the basics: the domain model, controllers, views, and services. Then, the fun! Dive into a Twitter-style app with features like AJAX/JSON, animation, search, wizards—even messaging and Jabber integration. Along the way, you'll discover loads of great plugins that'll make your app shine. Learn to integrate with existing Java systems using Spring and Hibernate.

about the technology

Web apps shouldn't be hard to build, right? The developers of Grails agree. This hyper-productive open-source web framework lets you "code by convention", leaving you to focus on what makes your app special. Through its use of Groovy, it gives you a powerful, Java-like language and full access to all Java libraries. And you can adapt your app's behavior at runtime without a server restart.

what's inside

  • A concise Groovy primer
  • Advanced UI development
  • Enterprise integration
  • Plugin development
  • Tips and tricks from the trenches

about the reader

You'll need basic familiarity with Java and the web. Prior experience with Groovy is not necessary.

about the author

A frequent speaker and the co-host of the Grails podcast, Glen Smith launched the first public-facing Grails app (an SMS Gateway) on Grails 0.2. Peter Ledbrook is a core Grails developer and author of several popular plugins, who has worked as an engineer for both G2One and SpringSource.

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Bulging with serious content and tips. Bursting with fun.

Paul King, ASERT

Excellent resource, both as a guide and a reference.

John Guthrie, Sybase

Grails is the PHP of Web 2.0 and this book is pure gold.

John G. Ledo, Ledo Works Inc.

...an approachable and entertaining book...sure to simplify your Grails development.

Joe McTee, JEKI.soft

Great framework + Great authors = Awesome book!

Dave Klein, Contegix

Read this book if you want to raise your Grails IQ by 100+ points!

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